On speculation that the overseas aid budget will be cut by the UK Government, Patrick Watt, Christian Aid’s Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns, said:
“Cutting the aid budget-breaking a manifesto promise made less than a year ago – would have lasting consequences for people around the world, with up to 150 million individuals set to be pushed into extreme poverty amid the worst economic crisis since the 1930s.
“Nearly £3billion has already been cut this summer, making this move unnecessary. We must not have a cut on top of a cut.
“As Britain prepares to host next year’s G7 and the Climate Change Summit in Glasgow (COP26), this move would send the wrong message about the UK’s priorities. The Government wants to level up in the UK, but it must also play its part in doing the same in the poorest countries. This requires action to tackle the climate crisis and to create a more just and sustainable world. Nothing less than Britain’s standing in the world is at stake.
“The Covid-19 pandemic, which affects the poorest the most, offers a chance to build back with justice, meaning a sustainable and fair future for all. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”